[rescue] SGI Challenge L systems available in Denver

Phil Stracchino alaric at caerllewys.net
Mon Sep 20 19:42:04 CDT 2004

On Mon, Sep 20, 2004 at 12:20:27PM -0500, Wes Will wrote:
> >Also, from what I have read, the eyes respond to brightness along a
> >logarithmic scale.  So, at a certain point, increasing *perceived*
> >brightness takes so much power and/or LEDs to increase the eyes
> One minor point:  Some eyes perceive better than others.  If I ever get my
> fingers around the throat of the jackass that decided that brighter was
> always better when it comes to headlights, I'm going to squeeze until my
> fingers meet.
> I have excellent night vision.  It is physically PAINFUL to me to be faced
> with these oncoming "super-bright" headlights (as well as the idiots
> driving with headlights AND fog lights at the same time - PICK ONE OR THE
> OTHER!!).  Driving at night has become an exercise in pain avoidance. 

Not always an option.  I've seen cars on which you MUST have the
headlights on to be able to turn the foglights on.  I've also driven in
states -- Washington State springs to mind -- in which, even if you have
really high-quality fog lights (as I did), it is illegal to turn your
headlights off and drive with just the foglights, *even if you can see
better that way*.  I also narrowly avoided a ticket one time from a
Renton cop who was utterly bound and convinced that there was absolutely
no difference between fog lights an driving lights, and would hear no

Of course, if you buy the $39.95 shit from $LOCAL_AUTO_PARTS_STORE,
there *IS* no difference except that the fog lights come with a stupid
amber lens.  Beam control?  What's that?  It's all about the magic
fog-piercing yellow!  Everyone knows that!  Duh!  I once actually saw an
article in the auto tips column in a local paper saying that in an
emergency, you could convert your headlights into foglights with a
yellow hilighter.  It's enough to make you weep.

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